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VMware vSphere 5 + Cloud Infrastructure Suite Announced

July 12, 2011 2 comments

As expected, VMware is announcing vSphere 5 as I type this. But to throw a curve ball, VMware is also announcing a Cloud Infrastructure Suite to help move to the next level of cloud computing. This suite includes vSphere 5, vCenter SRM, vCenter Operations, vShield Security, and finally vCould Director. This touches on all the major aspects of an all-inclusive, self servicing and managing cloud infrastructure. The goal is for a highly automated, low involvement infrastructure environment. Paul used the term “Make Infrastructure Go Away” quite frequently in this keynote. The big goal here is to really help the enterprise reach that ITaaS goal.

The announcement today includes new releases for multiple products. vSphere 5 is a leaps and bounds above vSphere 4 in terms of VM performance. 32 vCPUs, 1TB of memory, <36GBps network throughout and 1,000,000 IOPS. There are also substantial updates to HA and DRS, as well as SRM. One new technology is vSphere Replication to move away from Array based replication, and more towards software based replication over the network. This is a huge thing that allows of different levels of storage and use of vendors. Automated Failback is also being introduced so your load can return to the primary site once the troubles are over. SRM is also being pitched so that you can proactively migrate in the event of planned outages, as well as use for mergers and acquisitions to migrate an existing data center to your new data center.

vCloud Director is getting updated to 1.5. First item is an iPad app for the consumer portal. The portal acts like an App Store for VMs. Linked Clones is now available in vCloud Director. This allows for similar VMs to run off the same disk until they differ enough, creating a separate disk for the machines.

vSphere 5 has Profile Driven Storage and Storage DRS. This allows you to map your multiple storage systems into logical units. Storage DRS now allows you to set reservations and DRS will automatically move it between arrays and datastores to ensure its reservations are being met.

vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0 allows you to present an illusion of shared storage between local disk storage on multiple servers. This is being aimed at SMBs that cannot afford enterprise storage solutions. vSphere w/ Autodeploy is also being announced. Up until now, you had to manual build ESXi host. Autodeploy uses PXE to not only grab the image, but the system configuration as well. vSphere 5 also has Network and Storage I/O Controls. This creates a chance to ensure network and storage I/O requirements for VMs are met and aren’t affected by ‘Noisy Neighbor Syndrom.”

vSphere Edge allows you to create virtual data centers to ensure isolation, but also allows you to create trust between these virtual data centers. VMware is now announcing Sensitive Data Discovery that lets you take Regulations (PCI, etc) and run them against your virtual data centers to ensure you group specific security and compliance requirements together to create less work.

Obviously, VMware has released multiple new features that couldn’t be covered in this event, but will definitely be touched on in other presentations as well as VMworld sessions and announcements. The new products released today include vCloud Director 1.5, vShield 5.0, vCenter SRM 5.0, and vSphere 5.0 in this new Cloud Infrastructure Suite.

The biggest new announcement of the day I think now is licensing. vSphere 5 will now ditch the physical constraints of licensing. There is no Core per Proc or RAM per Host. They are now introducing amount of vRAM pooled across the entire environment as a licensing model. They are getting rid of the levels of licensing they had with vSphere 4. They are going from 6 packages down to five. vSphere Advanced is now collapsed into vSphere Enterprise, meaning existing advanced customers, automatically fall into enterprise now.

Sorry for the dishoveledness of this post, but I wanted to get this news out there. I’ll update it and try to get things in a little better format as the day goes on.